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Firefighter Apprenticeship 2023 SELLAFIELD LIMITED

Firefighters apprentices at Sellafield tackle a wide range of emergency situations where problem solving and initiative is vital to resolve incidents quickly and calmly. These situations vary from tackling fires, searching, rescuing and protecting people and animals, by sustaining/preserving their life to protecting life and the environment.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 12 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Increasing to £18,640 in year 2. Higher rates are applied to those aged 21 and over. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from an annual bonus, linked to company performance, of up to £4000.

  • Working week

    This is a two-year scheme. You will work normal office hours between 07:30-15:40, however at times may be required to work 12-hour shift pattern of 2-day shifts followed by 2-night shifts and 6 rest days.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    02 Dec 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    6 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Engage with the work community to conduct Fire Risk Information plans for site buildings and all other areas
  • Work as part of a close-knit team of professionals that provides 24-hour response cover to resolve fire and rescue operational incidents
  • Use multi agency working principles with partners and other services to achieve a swift and successful conclusion
  • At Sellafield the Firefighters role also provides the site with ambulance and emergency medical response and various resilience and flood mitigation equipment
  • You will need to maintain a smart appearance, wear uniform, fire kit and other personal protective equipment, as well as respiratory protective equipment such as self-contained breathing apparatus, necessary for work in hazardous areas and requiring the operators to be clean shaven
  • In this role you will be quite often working outside in all weather conditions, at heights, in confined spaces and in nuclear facilities with alpha, beta, gamma and neutron radiation

This role provides an exciting opportunity to explore and experience various aspects of the sites and provides great plant-based. experience

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Your initial training (acquisition of skills) will provide you with a range of practical basic firefighting and theoretical skills; these will be rigorously tested over an extended period of time to elevate you to a competent level (demonstration of skills).

Once competent in role you will move into maintenance of skills training to ensure that your acquired skills are maintained to the highest of operationally effective standards at all times.

  • Level 3 Apprentice Certificate ‘Operational Firefighter’ from “Skills for Justice”.
  • First Aid at Work Certificate.
  • Immediate Emergency Care Level 3 Certificate.
  • You training will be delivered at Sellafield Skills Centre
  • Specialist skills training may be away from work and possibly during rest days

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Following successful completion of your apprenticeship, we will look to retain you in a professional full time position at Sellafield Ltd

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science or Engineering (Grade 4) Essential

Things to consider

Minimum age of 18 by September 2023 in-line with health and safety requirements of our nuclear site. It is a requirement of the role that you will hold a full clean driving licence (Class B Manual) by September 2023 to enable you to carry out your duties.

About the employer

Sellafield Ltd is a global centre for nuclear engineering management. We pioneered the harnessing of nuclear power to generate electricity for the country. Now the world is watching as we set international standards in high-hazard reduction. In short, we’re at the forefront of the industry.




Sellafield Site / Surrounding offices in West Cumbria

CA20 1PG


GBS Recruitment

019467 81000

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Operational firefighter

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

As the role of Firefighter requires a high level of fitness there is a fitness assessment as part of the selection test. The selection test will assess if you can work in confined, possibly dark spaces while wearing a mask. Other parts of the selection tests will test aptitude to practical problem solving.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 12 Feb 2023